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Basic Facebook Marketing

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Vermont Council on Rural Development

This webinar features an interactive training session on how to establish a facebook presence for your business and how to best use social media to accomplish your business goals. Participants are introduced to Facebook and taught how to build a profile and like page, as well as vanity URL. Participants are also provided instruction on strategies to use these online tools for marketing.

Intermediate, Social Media, Businesses and Employers, Workforce, Video
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Internet Safety for Parents

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Vermont Council on Rural Development

Watch a webinar to learn about steps you can take to keep your kids safer online, including tips for privacy settings, passwords, safer searching, and more.

Beginner, Child Online Protection, Parent, Child Online Protection, Video
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Savy Searching--Finding Credible Information Online

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Vermont Council on Rural Development

This webinar will teach simple tricks and tools to become a more savvy searcher online.

Intermediate, Learner, Video, Content Evaluation
In the Community
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Maine Program Increases Digital Literacy in Healthcare, Fishing, and Farming Industries

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In late 2010, Axiom Technologies, LLC launched sustainable broadband adoption programs to increase the utilization of technology in the healthcare, fishing, and farming industries in Washington County, Maine. These BTOP-funded programs are establishing the groundwork for defining new and innovative ways that broadband can improve production, service, and knowledge in each of these industries.

Healthcare
In November 2010, Axiom Technologies held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Maine Fiber Company, a BTOP infrastructure grantee which is connecting the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions to a statewide fiber-optic network and announced new telemedicine learning capabilities. At the ceremony, both grantees announced new telemedicine learning capabilities. This faster network connection from the Maine Fiber Company will enable Axiom Technologies’ to help the College host video conferences with other state hospitals and learning institutions, so students can participate in remote distance learning. For instance, Axiom Technologies set up a similar remote learning program at the College of Nursing in Lewiston, Maine, where students can use video conferencing services to connect to the University of Maine in Machias and take their nursing pre-requisite classes. The College also set up video conferencing capabilities, allowing nurses and paramedics to view a more diverse range of medical cases than those available at the local community’s Down East Hospital.

Fishing and Farming
Axiom Technologies is working to build new applications that can help improve the use of land and water resources and increase business knowledge and productivity software for economic development purposes. In January 2011, Axiom Technologies provided 10 local farmers and 10 local fishermen with wireless equipment and rugged laptops as part of a pilot project that included 62 community members. Participants followed an online curriculum and were offered training assistance over the course of 11 weeks. The courses focused on building skills in Microsoft ® Office, QuickBooks, Adobe ® Photoshop, basic computer setup and maintenance, and other computer software. The 62 community members completed more than 1,500 hours of training in the 11 week period. As the project moves forward, Axiom Technologies will increase broadband connections in locations near farmers and fishermen, and will look to build industry-relevant applications and assist local industries with utilizing broadband for small businesses and economic development purposes.

Maine
In the Community
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Montana State Library offers Digital Literacy Training

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Montana State Library opened two new public computer centers at libraries in the cities of Butte and Billings. These centers support a statewide effort to provide affordable broadband, computer skills, and workforce development training to senior citizens, job seekers, and young adults. Each library provides new computers and digital literacy classes that are tailored specifically to the needs of its patrons.
In December 2010, damage from a fire caused the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library to close and open a temporary site in the Butte Plaza Mall. Along with traditional library services, visitors to the site can access broadband Internet on new laptops and workstations. Patrons also can attend a variety of digital literacy classes including computer basics, Internet fundamentals, and email techniques.

The temporary site, deemed the Library’s “South Branch,” was able to provide library services to its community members while the main branch underwent renovations. As of June 2011, more than 579 community members participated in the South Branch’s 53 digital literacy workshops and approximately 2,000 users each month utilize the new workstations. Additionally, a survey of visitors revealed a desire to make the facility permanent even after the main Butte-Silver library became fully operational. The Butte-Silver Library has been able to meet the needs of its community and keep computer centers at both libraries fully operational. The main library houses 10 new workstations and offers digital literacy trainings.

The Montana State University Billings College of Technology’s computer center offers 20 new laptops that patrons can use to search for jobs, learn computer basics, and work on school-related assignments. Visitors also can participate in digital literacy classes that cover topics such as computer basics and Microsoft Windows® software fundamentals. This community library is a joint academic-public library project between Montana State University and Parmly Billings Library.

The Montana State Library is working to provide more access to broadband Internet at faster speeds to 42 local libraries in 29 counties across the state within reach of 86 percent of Montana’s population. To sustain broadband adoption across the state, the project is deploying approximately 195 new computers and upgrading another 149 in 42 local libraries across 29 counties. As of June 2011, 328 new and refurbished computers have been distributed, serving more than 16,220 users per week. Participating libraries also partner with local organizations to create targeted marketing campaigns that will reach local constituents. For example, the Butte-Silver Bow Library partnered with AARP to promote its computer skills classes and increase participation among senior residents.

Montana
In the Community
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LINK Program offers Digital Literacy classes in Miami

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The School Board of Miami-Dade County launched the Learn Ideas, Navigate Knowledge (LINK) program in 35 low-income elementary, middle, and high schools across the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district. This program promotes broadband adoption among economically distressed populations by providing the necessary training and equipment to students and their families. The school board partners with non- and for-profit organizations to provide computers, Internet service, and multilingual digital literacy training to participating families.

The LINK program created an Introduction to Computers class through its partnership with The Parent Academy. Through this class, participants learn computer basics, Internet fundamentals, and how to use LINK’s Parent Portal. Once completed, participating families receive a free personal computer and access to its Parent Portal, an online tool that allows parents to view students’ grades and keep in contact with teachers. Additionally, a video of the Introduction to Computers class, available in English, Spanish, and Creole, is pre-loaded onto each computer along with anti-virus and word-processing software.

By the end of the project, the LINK program is expected to provide computers and Internet access to approximately 6,000 households.

Florida
In the Community
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Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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As of July 2011, the Texas State Library & Archives Commission has upgraded public computer centers at 11 libraries throughout the state. Known as the Technology Expertise, Access and Learning for all Texans (TEAL) project, this initiative is providing computer access and training opportunities for the state’s most underserved populations across 38 partnering library systems.

TEAL offers professional development webinars for library staff. These webinars provide librarians with tools and techniques to manage and promote computer resources, enabling libraries to better meet patrons’ technology needs. To date, TEAL has facilitated 10 webinars for approximately 744 library staff members, helping them improve their understanding of technology to boost sustainable broadband adoption. TEAL offers webinars on a variety of topics including a series on how to promote and teach computer technology with seniors and people with disabilities. TEAL also partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to create a series of workforce skills webinars, teaching librarians how to help library patrons with their job searches and career development.

Texas
In the Community
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YTECH Programs Use Digital Literacy Skills to Empower Young People to Take Action In Their Communities

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YTECH digital literacy and civic engagement programs served 271 young people in the summer months of 2011. Each young person gained digital literacy skills while working as a team to learn about a social issue, connect online and in person with community leaders, create digital media and take action in their communities. YTECH is program of the Metrocenter branch of the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

“Armed with hard skills, access to technology and a forum for expression and action, we can create the next generation of employable, engaged, skilled civic participants,” said Chris Tugwell, YTECH director.

Fifteen high-school aged youth from a workforce development program in the city participated in a seven-week internship with YTECH and formed Seattle United Neighborhoods to tackle neighborhood-specific problems.

“We used photos to tell stories and reflect on issues around Seattle that needed to be changed,” said Chi Nguyen, 19. One of Chi’s projects was a photo essay that addressed a lack of lighting on the streets surrounding her house. Chi and other project participants shared their media and concerns with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien. After the meeting, Chi was able to take necessary steps to fix the lighting on her street.

“Youth voice is important because people listen. It’s not everyday you see a kid speaking out, so Councilmember O’Brien encouraged us to keep it up,” said Kidist Mengitsu, 17.

"The council members need to hear our young voices if they would like to hear what really matters,” said Ephraim Nelson, 15, “it will help prepare for the future and with that, we can make the new generation better.”

As their capstone Take Action project, Seattle United Neighborhoods planned a successful night out event in South Seattle “to give young people something to do.”

"We did lots of blogging and community outreach. I learned that young people can change the community and make it a better world,” said Jordan Chambers, 16.

Jordan and other YTECH participants use Puget SoundOff.org, a local social networking site focused on social issues, to share their digital media creations, blog and connect with their peers. Puget SoundOff.org is funded in part by the City of Seattle’s Information Technology Department.

"These young people were able to use their creativity and digital media skills to spread awareness about issues that matter most to them, empowering them to choose issues they care about as they become adults.Having an outlet for young people to voice opinions is the best way to engage the next generation in making our communities a better place,” said Colleen McDevitt, YTECH digital literacy instructor.

YTECH is part of Washington state’s Communities Connect Network, a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant recipient for 2010-2012. BTOP funds made it possible for YTECH to expand its equipment inventory of laptops and cameras and travel outside of the city limits to offer digital literacy trainings.

"To bridge the digital divide, to be competitive and keep up with our changing economy, we must guide young people in using technology. They must be encouraged to engage in online environments and to create their own pieces of digital media,” said Roni Ayalla, YTECH project coordinator.

Follow more of YTECH’s work at youthandtech.wordpress.com.

Washington
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Skills Assessment

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ISEEK

This assessment lets you rate yourself on 35 different skills and then see which occupations are a match for the skills that are important to you. At the end of the assessment, you will see a list of occupations that are a good match for your skill profile.

Activities, Intermediate, Workforce, Workforce/Job Skills
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10 Online Learning Tips: Going Back to Basics

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ISEEK

Online college students begin the first day of classes with many different levels of preparation. Some have a little college experience. Others begin right after high school, and still others pursue a college degree after many years in the workforce. Whatever your age or number of credits under your belt, follow these tips to get the most out of your online learning experience.

Continuing Education, Intermediate, Learner, Tutorials
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Art of writing college essays

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Education Nation

Jacques Steinberg, a New York Times national education correspondent, shares tips on how to write a first-class essay when submitting a college application.

Continuing Education, Intermediate, Self Help/Online Learning, Learner, Video
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U.S. Department of Education (ED)

La universidad: el sueño comiena hoy (College: the Dream Begins Today)

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U.S. Department of Education (ED)

A Spanish-language video (approximately 6 minutes long) that highlights the need for students to begin thinking about college long before they enter high school.

Continuing Education, Intermediate, Self Help/Online Learning, Video
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College.gov

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U.S. Department of Education (ED)

This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, as well as vocational or career schools). The site is being built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students.

Continuing Education, Library/Reference, Intermediate, Self Help/Online Learning
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SAT Practice Questions

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College Board

Prepare for the SAT with practice questions to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT.

Activities, Continuing Education, Advanced, Self Help/Online Learning, Learner, Youth 13-19
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College MatchMaker

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College Board

Search by location, majors, cost, and more to find colleges that fit -- from a database of 3,800+ schools.

Activities, Continuing Education, Advanced, Self Help/Online Learning, Learner
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Turn Education in to a New Job

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U.S. News and World Report

The education requirements necessary to advance in your current field or transition into a new career vary by field but often include getting a program certificate or an associate's or bachelor's degree. Most of these education requirements can be completed online, so you can keep your day job while preparing for your new one.

Adults, Continuing Education, Intermediate, Study/Report, Self Help/Online Learning
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Baby Boomers Keep Learning with Continuing Education Classes

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U.S. News and World Report

An article discussing obtaining an online education (e.g., program certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree) in order to advance or transition into a new career field.

Continuing Education, Intermediate, Study/Report, Self Help/Online Learning
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College Navigator

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U.S. Department of Education (ED)

Use the College Navigator to find a school that meets your needs. Web-based tool designed for choosing which college that decision much easier by providing students and their families with an easy-to-use website that identifies the most reasonably-priced universities, as well as the institutions whose prices rise at the highest rates.

Activities, Continuing Education, Advanced, Self Help/Online Learning, Learner
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College Application Checklist

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College Board

Use this checklist to stay on top of application requirements, tasks, and deadlines.

Activities, Continuing Education, Advanced, Self Help/Online Learning, Learner
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College Application FAQs for Parents

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College Board

Answers for parents to frequently asked questions regarding the college application process.

Continuing Education, Library/Reference, Advanced, Self Help/Online Learning, Parent